This week is Teacher Appreciation Week but many school districts in Dallas-Fort Worth are not able to fully celebrate or spending money on it this year because of budget concerns during the pandemic.
However, an effort is underway by a local non-profit to honor them.
Teach for America DFW is putting together special appreciation baskets for 400 of its teachers across North Texas to show them a little extra recognition.
These teachers are special — they sign up for TFA specifically to work in lower-income and struggling schools to help uplift those students. The teachers have been placed in school districts like Dallas and Fort Worth. Their work is now made harder during the pandemic.
“Not only have these teachers excelled all year-round, but they have continued to rise above the challenges posed by COVID-19 to ensure each of their students receive an outstanding education inside and outside the classroom,” said Rea Foster, Teach For America DFW’s executive director. “These gifts in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week are just one way we can thank them for all that they have done for the students of DFW this year.”
TFA is partnering with Dallas-based company Marie Mae to create the baskets, which are put together using items purchased from local small businesses, in turn, helping their May start off profitable. The baskets will be mailed to the teachers.
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There are a lot of baskets to make so TFA is putting the call out for North Texans to sponsor a basket for a teacher.
To find out how, click here and select "Dallas-Fort Worth".
Additionally, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, TFA is partnering with local Dallas fashion designer Abi Ferrin. For every "Fashion Face Mask" purchased on the Abi Ferrin website during Teacher Appreciation Week, Abi Ferrin will donate one mask to a TFA teacher.
People can also purchase a mask and donate it to a TFA teacher through the website.